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The Complete Temples of Ancient Egypt
A comprehensive survey of all Egypt's temples, from Luxor and Karnak to those in the delta, oases and Nubia. It traces the processes of building and decorating, how they functioned, and what happened when they were robbed and desecrated. It also discusses the Egyptian pantheon, rites and festivals.
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published May 1st 2000 by Thames & Hudson
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If you're looking for a primer on Egyptian temples, check this one out. The first half of the book synthetically treats Egyptian temples as a whole, discussing their architecture, evolution, and function. The second half is a run-down of archaeological sites by region. The book is profusely illustrated throughout with photographs of art and ruins, drawings of the same, and maps.
The blurb above quotes the word "comprehensive" and that's precisely what you get here. Every Ancient Egyptian site is listed, from pre-Dynastic times to the Greco-Roman period. It's well illustrated throughout with both photographs and drawings, and for any student of this fascinating subject, this would be a great addition to your library. To the mildly curious though, this would be a little heavy going, and probably light on the material one normally associates with Ancient Egypt, i.e the mum ...more
A book that gives an overview of egyptian temples and has a catalog of some of the most important temples. Its language is clear and easy to understand and for anyone who wants to explore egyptian temple architecture deeper it has a good bibliography.
This is one I MUST buy! It has everything on the temples my current library lacks complete with pictures and floor plans. Looks like it can be found fairly affordable, too! I'll be checking it out a lot from the library for reference until I buy it. It's such a relief to find something good after a string of bad books on Egypt!